Physical Science


Our mission is to provide a stimulating and challenging Biology curriculum, excellence in teaching, quality academic advising, outstanding general education courses, dedicated community and university service, as well as international opportunities for students.

A Bachelor of Science in Biology will prepare students for diverse career options. Biology majors will enter fields such as biotechnology and bioinformatics, ecology and conservation biology, basic research, as well as health related professional careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy.

Students interested in education may pursue the Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in unified science, biology endorsement. Completion of this program qualifies you to teach introductory level courses in biology, chemistry, earth science and physics and to teach advanced courses in biology at the secondary level.

Internships are encouraged for biology majors. These internships allow the students to gain practical experience in a work or research setting. Students work under the joint supervision of a faculty member and a representative of the institute providing the intern experience.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Chemistry

Geophysics – first 2 years of study

Pre-Engineering – first 2 years of study

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) majoring in:

The Physical Science Department is a learning community dedicated to:

  • delivering undergraduate instruction for physics and physics education majors
  • offering physics courses suitable for students majoring in other fields
  • offering general education requirement science courses in support of the university’s liberal arts curriculum
  • supporting a two year transfer program for students majoring in engineering
  • providing a positive environment for students, staff and faculty

Physics graduates obtain a strong diversified background in science and mathematics which will qualify them to enter various areas of employment in industry, government or secondary education or for entrance into graduate programs in physics, engineering and many other disciplines. Students who plan to do graduate work in engineering should, with the help of a faculty adviser, select their free electives in the area they plan to enter.

The physics area of the Chemical and Physical Sciences Department participates in cooperative two-year pre-engineering programs which allow students to complete the first two years of an engineering degree at Missouri Southern and then transfer to an engineering school to complete the remaining two years of the degree.


Chemical and Physical Sciences

Marsi E. Archer, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Department Head
Office: Reynolds Hall 221
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, MO 64801-1595